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Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes; Jerry Cummings interview

Part of Say Brother.

05/14/1976

In this clip Jerry Cummings of "Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes" talks about the songwriters at Philadelphia International records. Overall the program focuses on three members of the musical group Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Host Barbara Barrow and intern Brian Clarke interview Bluenotes musicians Jerry Cummings, Dwight Johnson, and Bill Spratley, all from the recording label Philadelphia International Records. Topics discussed include their new featured musician, vocalist Sharon Paige, the links between Philadelphia International Records, Harold Melvin Enterprises, Inc., and Melvin and the Bluenotes, the Internationals, a music group Cummings belonged to prior to the Bluenotes, the Bluenotes' new recording, Wake Up Everybody, their current tour, and their recent four-day engagement in Boston. Program includes two performances by mime Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid). Original air date estimated. Produced by Marita Muhammad Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Rapping with the Bluenotes
Program Number

615

Title

Jerry Cummings interview

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on three members of the musical group Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Host Barbara Barrow and intern Brian Clarke interview Bluenotes musicians Jerry Cummings, Dwight Johnson, and Bill Spratley, all from the recording label Philadelphia International Records. Topics discussed include their new featured musician, vocalist Sharon Paige, the links between Philadelphia International Records, Harold Melvin Enterprises, Inc., and Melvin and the Bluenotes, the Internationals, a music group Cummings belonged to prior to the Bluenotes, the Bluenotes' new recording, Wake Up Everybody, their current tour, and their recent four-day engagement in Boston. Program includes two performances by mime Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid). Original air date estimated.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Melvin, Harold
Johnson, Dwight
African Americans in the performing arts
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Philadelphia International Records
African American singers
Internationals, The (Musical group)
Spratley, Bill
African American musicians
Cummings, Jerry
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (Musical group)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Charette, Bill (Camera)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes; Jerry Cummings interview,” 05/14/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1997680C60104BD1AB8FF24788BB68C9.
MLA: “Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes; Jerry Cummings interview.” 05/14/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1997680C60104BD1AB8FF24788BB68C9>.
APA: Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes; Jerry Cummings interview. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1997680C60104BD1AB8FF24788BB68C9
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